IKOS PhD seminar: Reading Strategies Across Fields and Disciplines

Although we work with different materials and within different theoretical frameworks, what we spend most of our days with is reading – archival sources, documents, field notes, texts in multiple genres and formats

In the humanities, reading is by far the most dominant method. Nevertheless, we seem to suffer from a radical lack of methodological reflection about what we are actually doing when we read.

In this seminar, we will look at elements that frame our reading practices and strategies, including genre, speech acts, discursivity, multimodality, key concepts, and rhetorical tropes, only to mention some examples. 

For the second part of the seminar, we invite you to present your own readings that make up your dissertation work. 

How do I sign up for the course:

Please send an email to kari.andersen@ikos.uio.no and specify whether you want to present something or not.

About the paper:

The final paper should be no longer than a minimum 5-pages, maximum 10 pages, with text reflecting on the theme of the seminar and how this plays out in your own research. The texts will be pre-circulated among the participants ahead of the seminar.

Deadline for paper: 10 March

ECTS points

Generally, you will get 1 ECTS point for attending the seminar, 2 ECTS points for a presentation or a comment. 


900-1000 Introductory remarks by Helge. Q&A

1015-1130 Discussion of readings. Everyone is asked to present an argument from one of the texts that they find particularly compelling as a reading strategy

1130-1215 Lunch

1215-1300 Paper by Kanyu

1300-1345 Paper by Marie. Comments by Tuan.

1400-1445 Paper by Sonja. Comments By Erica.


Paul de Man, Return to Philology, http://users.clas.ufl.edu/burt/deconstructionandnewmediatheory/returntophilology.pdf

Quentin Skinner, Interpretation and the Understanding of Speech Acts, https://www.cambridge.org/core/services/aop-cambridge-core/content/view/3F6E8EAD5BE22567A7822818E7872087/9780511790812c6_p103-127_CBO.pdf/interpretation-and-the-understanding-of-speech-acts.pdf

Carolyn Miller, Genre as Social Action, https://www.bu.edu/wpnet/files/2018/06/Miller-C-Genre-as-Social-Action-1984.pdf

Rita Felski, Context Stinks!, https://libraopen.lib.virginia.edu/downloads/9g54xh73m

Kristin Asdal and Helge Jordheim, Texts on the Move, https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/hith.12046

Kristin Asdal and Hilde Reinertsen, Introduction: Practice-Oriented Document Analysis, http://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/doing-document-analysis/book276193#preview

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